If you see a need for a ministry such as Religious Affections Ministries, there are a number of ways that you can help. I’ll list just a few here:
I’ve been so encouraged to receive e-mails and talk to individuals in churches who are excited about this ministry and have promised to pray that it will help to promote biblical, lifestyle, deliberate, and conservative worship in our churches. To know that God’s people are behind this ministry is the greatest support I could wish for!
As this ministry gets off the ground, feedback from pastors, musicians, and other Christians is invaluable. I know some of the struggles people are facing because I have been serving in a local church context, but I also realize that different churches have different needs in these areas. What kinds of resources would be helpful for you and your church? What particular issues are you or people in your church challenged by?
3. One-time Financial Gifts
Already over the past several years some individuals have been encouraged by the resources and articles offered on this site and have been gracious to donate toward the cause. I am always so thankful for these gifts, no matter how small. These kinds of one-time financial gifts are very welcome, especially over the next several months with all of the startup costs involved with launching this ministry. You can donate directly through PayPal using the button in the right column, or click here to find out about how you can receive tax benefits from your donation.
4. Scheduling Meetings
I have been excited that since announcing this ministry just a few short weeks ago, already I have scheduled meetings, choir clinics, and conferences in churches through the summer of ’09! Not only does this give me an opportunity to share biblical principles regarding music and worship, but it also gives me a chance to present the ministry in these churches as well. Some pastors who are burdened about these issues have even scheduled pastors’ forums for the Monday after I am in their church so that I can speak to a broader group of pastors. I am so thankful for this kind of support. Please let me know if you could use me in your church in any way, whether to speak on worship/music philosophy, do a choir clinic, provide help with your music ministry, or simply present Religious Affections Ministries to your people.
5. Monthly Financial Support
As I have explained elsewhere, I plan to continue serving as a half-time Pastor of Worship once I officially launch this ministry, which will provide for half of my family’s living expenses. In order to finance the other half of our needs, I am seeking to raise monthly financial support from like minded-churches and individuals who are burdened with these issues as I am. Already I have raised nearly 35% of what I hope to raise from a few churches and individuals who have graciously pledged support. If you would like to consider monthly support, please let me know. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have or visit your church to present the ministry. Once you have decided that you will support this ministry, please let me know so that I can keep track of how much we still need to raise. Once I have officially set up this ministry as a Not-For-Profit organization (probably late summer), I will notify all of the supporters. As a regular supporter, you will receive periodic updates as to what has been going on in the ministry, just like you do with other missionaries.
Thank you so much for your interest in Religious Affections Ministries! Please continue to pray with me as we take this step in our lives.